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Stakeholder Perspectives on Regulatory Aspects of Antarctic Tourism

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Over the last decade, Antarctic tourism has experienced an exponential growth in tourist numbers and a diversification of tourist activities resulting in questions that challenge the effectiveness and adequacy of the current regulatory regime. Three categories of key Antarctic tourism stakeholders—regulators, organizers, and monitors—were interviewed and provided their perspective on some of the main aspects of Antarctic tourism regulation. The current and anticipated future state of Antarctic tourism, tourism practice and ethos, the success of regulatory mechanisms through the Antarctic Treaty System and International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO), and the cooperation between the stakeholder groups are explored to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the regulatory regime. The study confirms that currently Antarctic tourism can be adequately regulated through existing mechanisms, but that growing numbers of tourists and vessels may require more stringent tools to be adopted. Site-specific guidelines are identified as effective tools for a targeted and flexible regulation of primarily ship-borne tourism.
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Keywords: ANTARCTIC TOURISM; ANTARCTIC TREATY SYSTEM; IAATO; INTERVIEWS; REGULATION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-06-01

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